Sussex County

Sussex County records $3.48 million surplus from 2011

Sussex County has scored yet another financial gain, recording a $3.48 million surplus for the 2011 fiscal year – the most significant gain for the County government in five years – despite a continued sluggish economy, a new audit shows.


Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 7:50am

Powell attorneys appeal death sentence

An appeals process has begun for 24-year-old Derrick Powell, the man who was convicted in February 2011 of fatally shooting Georgetown police officer Chad Spicer on Sept. 1, 2009.

Last February, a jury found Powell to be guilty of the...

Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 6:59am

County completes transfer of Ocean View property to neighbor

The Sussex County Council completed its transfer of property to an Ocean View man this week. The parcel is located at the back of the property on Daisy Avenue, where the county has its sewer-system pumping station. At the March 22, 2011, county...

Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 6:50am

County P&Z considers off-premises signs

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission deferred action at their Jan. 12 meeting on an ordinance to amend Chapter 115 of the county code relating to “off-premises” electronic messaging signs, which are typically in the form of...

Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 6:27am

County approves changes to bonding requirements

Despite the testimony of numerous constituents who spoke in opposition to an ordinance change that allows a property owner to perform site work or construct improvements without posting a bond, Sussex County council on Tuesday decided 4-1 to...

Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 5:53am

BREAKING NEWS: Route 54 paving work pushed forward to this weekend

In an effort to move the Route 54 Improvement Project toward completion, the Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announced Thursday, Jan. 5, that contractor Mumford & Miller, will be doing paving operations this weekend.  Unseasonably warm...

Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 5:38am

County wins battle over DNREC over PCS regs

The Supreme Court of the State of Delaware this week affirmed the March 2011 decision of the Delaware Superior Court that ruled in favor of Sussex County in the case of Sussex County vs. the State of Delaware Department of Natural Resources and...

Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 5:05am

State archives pay tribute to Civil War soldiers

In keeping with the Civil War sesquicentennial commemoration underway since April 2011, the Delaware Public Archives has chosen to honor five men who served in Delaware units with a display that features artifacts and personal narratives....

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 12:34pm

No place like home for Christmas

Sussex County Councilman Vance Phillips is home in Sussex County, just in time for Christmas. He had spent more than a month at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia, where he has been recovering from injuries sustained in an aircraft...

Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 3:39am

Wind-farm project off Delaware coast mothballed by finances

In the age of seemingly unending financial uncertainty, the hits just keep on coming.

NRG Energy announced this week that it is suspending active development of offshore wind projects, citing the fact that Bluewater Wind — lead developer...

Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 7:57am

County P&Z recommends approval of yard-waste facility

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission has recommended approval for an organic yard waste and composting facility near Millville.

Jeremy W. Smith’s facility is proposed to be located on 17 acres within a 39-acre parcel of land...

Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 7:51am

County honors Indians football team, outgoing administrator

Sussex County Council, at their meeting this week, recognized the Division II state champion, undefeated Indian River High School football team. Todd Lawson, county administrator appointee, joked that, as a “[Sussex Central] Golden Knight, it...

Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 7:49am

Inlet bridge should be open by the end of January

On Dec. 2, Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) officials gave State Senator Tom Carper an update and tour of the Indian River Inlet Bridge as it nears completion.

Coastal Point • Maria Counts
U.S. Sen. Tom Carper gets a...

Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 6:06am

County council attempting to clarify windmill ordinance

Sussex County council amended their windmill ordinance this week to further clarify what is acceptable.

Lawrence Lank, of Planning and Zoning, said that after the council adopted an ordinance in September regarding windmills, wind...

Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 6:05am

County offices to close briefly Dec. 9 for annual employee luncheon

Sussex County offices will close for a two-hour period on Friday, Dec. 9, to allow employees to attend the annual Mildred King Luncheon. County offices will close from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on that date. Members of the public with business to...

Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 5:38am

Local man arrested in string of burglaries

Selbyville police arrested Jeffrey Paddock, 49, of Ocean View on Wednesday, Nov. 23, for his alleged involvement in a string of local burglaries.

Coastal Point: Paddock

According to the Delaware State Police, Paddock “would pry...

Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 3:19am

County adopts policy on business incentives

The Sussex County Council at their meeting this week adopted a policy regarding economic development incentives. Outgoing County Administrator David Baker said that the policy pertains to supplemental economic incentives for businesses, with the...

Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 2:59am

County council extends dog-control contact for final year

The Sussex County Council voted at their meeting Nov. 29 to extend for another year the County’s dog-control contract with the Delaware Animal Care & Control/Kent County SPCA, starting Jan. 1, 2012, and going until Dec. 31, 2012. The county...

Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 2:56am

Georgetown's Caroling on the Circle set for Monday evening

The 28th annual Caroling on the Circle event is set for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 5, in downtown Georgetown. The kickoff to the event this year started earlier than in year’s past, with a call for canned goods starting more than five weeks ago,...

Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 2:39am

County P&Z defers on yard-waste proposal, again

No decision has been made about a proposed organic/yard waste composting facility near Millville. The Sussex County Council deferred action after a Nov. 15 public hearing on a conditional-use application from Jeremy W. Smith of Ocean View. The...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 7:36am

County council adopts new councilmanic districts

The Sussex County Council, at its Tuesday, Nov. 15, meeting, adopted a redistricting ordinance and accompanying maps that establish new council districts through 2021, after last year’s U.S. Census showed significant growth and shifts in the...

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 4:53am

DelDOT reps speak to Chamber about projects

Representatives from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) spoke to members of the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 3 about the progress of both the Indian River Inlet Bridge project and the Route 26 Mainline improvements...

Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 3:12am

BREAKING NEWS: Troopers looking for men suspected of following girls in Keenwick by the Bay

The Delaware State Police are asking the public to be on the lookout for two suspicious male subjects who have reportedly followed several female juveniles in the Keenwick by the Bay development near Fenwick Island.

According to the DSP,...

Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 2:24am

First public groups tour completed inlet bridge

Dressed in hardhats, gloves and reflective vests, a group of 20 civilians crossed the new Indian River Inlet Bridge, from end to end, for the first time. They grinned as a DelDOT tour guide led them across the newly completed 10-foot closure pour...

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 1:53am

ALERT: Nationwide Emergency Alert System test set for 2 p.m. -- THIS IS ONLY A TEST

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, Delaware will join all other states in conducting the first nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) test. At 2 p.m., radio, television and cable stations will broadcast the familiar alert warning sound. Following the alert...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 1:20am

County P&Z defers decision on proposed yard-waste facility

The Sussex County Planning & Zoning Commission this week deferred a decision after a public hearing on a conditional-use application from Jeremy W. Smith of Ocean View. Smith’s application is for a yard waste and composting facility, proposed...

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 11:42am

Vincent reports that Phillips is improving from plane incident

Sussex County Council President Michael Vincent reported Tuesday that he had spoken with Councilman Vance Phillips.

Phillips was involved in a solo plane incident where he reportedly had a very rough landing in an experimental hang glide-...

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 9:50am

County looks to entice businesses to make Sussex home

With continuing concern about jobs in Sussex County, county council members on Oct. 25 discussed potential economic development incentives designed to bring new companies, and new jobs, to the county.

First on the agenda could be SeaWatch...

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 9:48am

Sussex County business owners make connections to face challenges

“Manufacturing is alive and well in Sussex County.” So said Craig Hollenbeck, president of Craig Technologies out of Seaford, Del. Hollenbeck joined two other business owners, Robert F. Rider Jr., president and CEO of O.A. Newton in Bridgeville,...

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 9:46am

Conference attendees aim to make connections that work

This year’s Sussex County Today and Tomorrow Conference — an annual conference held in Georgetown that gathers more than 300 Sussex County business owners, educators and others interested in meeting their peers and discussing county issues and...

Thursday, November 3, 2011 - 9:45am

TRAFFIC ALERT: Route 1 to close near Indian River bridge, in both directions, 7 p.m. Wednesday to noon Thursday

Delaware’s Department of Transportation has announced that beginning this evening, Wednesday, Nov. 2, there will be a shift in traffic patterns on Route 1 just north of the Indian River Inlet Bridge. The shift will be implemented to ensure...

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - 8:05am

BREAKING NEWS: Phillips in serious condition after Virginia plane crash

Sussex County Councilman Vance Phillips was reported to be recovering in a Virginia medical center on Monday, following a single-engine plane crash near Lynchburg, Va., that occurred around dusk on Sunday evening.

County Public Information...

Monday, October 31, 2011 - 3:23am

TRAFFIC ALERT: Route 1 near Inlet to close at 9 p.m.

Both the northbound and southbound lanes of Route 1, near the Indian River Inlet will close at approximately 9 p.m. tonight, due to high storm tides, report  officials from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT).

Neither the...

Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 10:33am

County council holds hearing on redistricting plan

Sussex County residents have until noon on Friday, Oct. 28, to enter their comments on the county’s proposed redistricting plan, due to a typographical error in the county council’s meeting agenda heading into their Oct. 25 meeting and hearing on...

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 8:16am

Bethany’s consideration of AT&T antenna proposal on hold for now

While AT&T appeals a Sussex County Board of Adjustments decision not to permit a cellular antenna tower on a parcel just south of Bethany Beach town limits, and as a temporary tower remains on the site pending that appeal, the company has...

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 10:35am

SEDAC offering free consultations to would-be entrepreneurs

Starting a new business can be difficult, but a group of Sussex County officials and businesspeople are aiming to make it easier – and help boost economic development in the county – by offering a little help to would-be entrepreneurs. The Sussex...

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 10:07am

Inland Bays Foundation takes citizen advocacy to the next level

The Inland Bays Foundation had its first official meeting in October as an established 501(c)3 organization. Their mission is “to advocate and promote the restoration of the Inland Bays watershed by conducting public outreach and education,...

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 9:57am

Residents questioning rate increases from private sewer systems

Sussex County officials are planning an informational session for county council members to hear about sewer rate increases that are being reported around the county.

Councilman George Cole said at the council’s Oct. 18 meeting that he had...

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 9:54am

Today and Tomorrow Conference set for Oct. 26 at DelTech

Community leaders, individuals forging paths in business and education, and elected officials will join together to raise public awareness of business connections that work at the 18th annual Sussex County Today & Tomorrow Conference on...

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 7:29am

Indian River Inlet project set to bridge the gap

It’s getting a lot harder for people driving across the Indian River Inlet Bridge to see through the gap between north and south sides of the new bridge as they drive past, with the time for the final concrete pour of the project nearing and just...

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 7:53am

Second windmill ordinance ready to go to public hearings

Sussex County could make additional changes to its ordinances regarding windmills and other wind-power devices in the coming weeks, with amendments to the recently approved policy coming before the council in draft form this week.


Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 4:39pm

County council shelves proposed BoA fee decrease

Sussex County won’t be reducing its Board of Adjustments fees – at least not yet.

County council members voted recently not to make proposed changes to the fee structure for applications for variances from the county BoA, on a split 3-2...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 4:15pm

County extends casino moratorium for now

While county staff continue work on a draft ordinance that would govern potential casino and racino projects in unincorporated areas of Sussex County, the county council this week voted to extend an existing moratorium on applications for such...

Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 4:37am

AMBER ALERT: 4-year-old Milford boy and 19-year-old woman

The Delaware State Police have issued an Amber Alert for the Milford Police Department. The Milford Police Department is searching for a 4-year-old Milford boy and his 19-year-old mother after they were abducted Friday morning.


Friday, September 16, 2011 - 5:26am

County allows wind-power devices as permitted use

Sussex County property owners can now apply for a permit to erect a windmill or wind turbine on their properties, even if it’s a piece of land the size of a standard residential lot.

Sussex County Council members voted unanimously on...

Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 4:42am

Casinos ban could get extended ahead of new zone

Sussex County officials are continuing to work on an ordinance that might someday create a CGD – Commercial Gambling District – in which any Sussex County casino outside municipal limits would have to be located, though they could pass another...

Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 4:38am

County puts 'adequate public facilities' ordinance on hold

Sussex County Council has removed from consideration an ordinance designed to deal with whether approval of development must go hand-in-hand with having adequate public facilities to serve such projects.

Councilwoman Joan Deaver on Sept....

Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 4:23am

Indian River Inlet bridges survive earthquake, hurricane

Despite long-running concerns about its stability, the 46-year-old Indian River Inlet Bridge came away from two natural disasters in a single week with a clean bill of health, as did its replacement.

The Delaware Department of...

Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 6:19am

Bradley sentenced to 14 life sentences, plus 164 years

On Friday, Aug. 26, Sussex County Superior Court Judge William C. Carpenter Jr. sentenced former Lewes pediatrician Earl Bradley to 14 consecutive life sentences in prison for the 14 counts of rape in the first-degree of which he was found guilty...

Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 6:18am

MAPP power transmission project likely to be delayed

Recently, Pepco Holdings Inc. (PHI) notified the Maryland Public Service Commission and Virginia State Corporation Commission that the company is requesting temporary delays in the Commissions’ reviews of the respective applications filed by the...

Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 5:59am